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Great investments take many forms. At Greenleaf Trust, we invest in our communities just as we invest in our clients: guided by our commitment to make things better for generations to come. With that in mind, we are pleased to have completed our renovation of Traverse City’s historic, former city hall building. Through specialized disciplines in wealth management, trust administration, and retirement plan administration, Greenleaf Trust remains client focused first and foremost, for generations. Visit us in our new offices downtown to see how we could invest in you.

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Deborah Wyatt Fellows


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Elizabeth Aseritis, Caroline Dahlquist Kim Schneider, Cara McDonald, Andrew VanDrie Tim Hussey Theresa Burau-Baehr

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4 | SAVING SANCTUARIES Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s latest property acquisition is one you may never see, but it will protect the North you love for generations to come. 4 | HEALING GARDENS COVID dealt a blow to the beautiful courtyards at the Grand Traverse Pavilions, but with community love and some TLC, they’ll bloom again.

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5 | THE ARTIST’S WAY Interlochen makes a bold new fundraising move built on a simple belief: That the world is a better place with Interlochen alumni in it. 5 | TRADING PLACES Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan is teaching marketable skills and broadening horizons for youth in need of opportunity.

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6 | HOME AGAIN The Charlevoix Area Humane Society opens the doors to a new shop, where each purchase goes toward helping animals find forever homes.

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6 | THE SMALLEST THING Eagle Village’s newly revamped volunteer program facilitates vital connections between volunteers and kids.

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7 | SAVING THE NORTH’S HISTORY Traverse Area District Library is working to preserve local historical documents and artifacts before they are lost forever. 7 | WHERE EVERYONE BELONGS Good Samaritan’s Family Center is where anyone who needs a little help can find it—plus a whole lot of love and support.

8 | PANTRY TO PRESCHOOL An inspiration to help harried parents has become an exciting new form of outreach for The Father Fred Foundation. 8 | A HEALTHY HARVEST With hard work and some key strategic partnerships, Goodwill Northern Michigan’s Food Rescue is getting local produce into the hands of area food pantries. 9 | PRESERVING YOUR TRADITIONS The Festival Foundation isn’t just responsible for the annual Cherry Festival— they host an array of beloved community events, from Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge to the Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K. 9 | COMPASSIONATE CARE Needed as much as ever, The Red Cross assists military veterans, families and caregivers through peer support groups and interactive workshops. 10 | DELIVERING COMFORT & CARE Friendship Centers of Emmet County hits the road to make the pandemic less isolating for Northern Michigan seniors. 10 | PART OF IT ALL Grand Traverse Industries is more than manufacturing; it’s helping disabled adults find skills, work and community. 11 | AN OUTREACHED HAND The women of the Zonta Club of Traverse City are hard at work to create a Northern Michigan where every woman is able to achieve her potential. 11 | BETTER GET GROWING Grow Benzie steps in to create an outsidethe-box model to help communities and nonprofits work together to solve problems in new ways. 32 | DIRECTORY

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Hope Starts Here.

Give the Gift of Hope Please give at: Choose Designation: Patient Assistance Fund-Traverse City

Hospice of Michigan helped us navigate a really tough time. As a three-time cancer survivor, my mother was one resilient lady. Yet trying to run a business while being her primary caregiver was hard. So we called Hospice of Michigan. My mom’s care team became an extension of our family, filling the gaps when we desperately needed another set of helping hands. Managing those moments alone would have been overwhelming, but with their support, we could focus on making her final chapter meaningful. I don’t know how I could have done it without Hospice of Michigan by our side.

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GIVE Northern Michigan is here in your hands because of a few simple truths: · Most of us generally want to donate and volunteer, but it can be hard to navigate a way forward given our busy lives and the enormity of need and efforts. · Local nonprofits representing diverse efforts don’t always have the budget to grab our attention with their story and commitment. · Giving locally not only eases challenges and offers opportunities close to home, but our local donations recirculate in a critical way through our local economy. · Getting involved in local nonprofits by donating and/or volunteering, allows us to find community with each other through the local causes we support. · And lastly, Northern Michigan nonprofits don’t have access to the large corporate donations that nonprofits in cities have: They have us— people who care deeply about this place. And without us, who? When creating GIVE Northern Michigan, I read that as our lives get busier and more isolated through technology, nonprofits need to do a better job of telling their stories in ways that make it easy to break through and connect with donors and volunteers. That’s what GIVE does; it collects stories in one magazine that shares the work of our region’s nonprofits in an approachable, relaxing and inspiring way. Some of you may find nonprofits you wish to support on the first read through. Others among you may turn down the corners on pages and revisit them all at your leisure, knowing you can easily return to find everything you need to make a donation or volunteer your time. We know that when we reach into our pockets and to our calendars to help anywhere it brings rewards, both personally and to a larger community. But donating here brings additional rewards to Northern Michigan. All ships rise when charitable giving is strong in a local community. When we

donate locally, the needs that exist in this place that we all care about so much are better met; some of the challenges faced by the staffs of our regional nonprofits who do such amazing work are eased, both through donations and volunteers; and your donations circulate again and again within our region’s economy, in the form of goods and services shared, payroll, rental support and so much more. Northern Michigan has given each of us enriched lives, whether we’ve chosen to live here or spend only some precious time here. And like everything about our small region, we have to look to each other because there are no large corporations with mandated giving plans to make it happen. But that’s one of the reasons we love this place; we are genuinely and meaningfully connected. When we volunteer, we meet our neighbors and/or like-minded people. When we donate, we are the ones who ensure a critical mission can go forward. We who care about the quality of lives and the landscape of this region will keep our nonprofits working to ease struggles, inspire, preserve, lift up, find solutions and so much more. Regardless of what you are able to donate, you will find such inspiration in the breadth of ways to make a difference locally on these pages. And know that there is no such thing as a “small donation.” Every collective dollar makes a difference, and in our nonprofit world populated with small staffs, each dollar truly goes to the mission. So, sit back and be inspired. And on behalf of all the great efforts being made by so many, for so much good in Northern Michigan, thank you.

Deborah Wyatt Fellows is founder and editor in chief of Traverse Magazine/MyNorth Media. Do you know others who might like to give back to this place we love? Simply go to, scroll to the bottom of the home page, click on GIVE and share the digital edition.

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Saving Sanctuaries by CARA MCDONALD

There are no cheerful welcome signs here; no parking, bathrooms, visitor’s center or tidy boardwalks. Just the rustle of the wind through fern fronds and the call-and-response of birdsong in the cedars. In the distance, the waters of Finch and Crow creeks chatter over river rock and around gnarled tree roots. It feels wild and undisturbed, as it has been for thousands of years. And if the public can help Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC) see their vision through, it will remain so forever. Finch Creek, a small but mighty 56 acres, is the last sanctuary property GTRLC is working to secure as a part of their incredible six-year campaign to preserve vast swatches of open space, farmland, waterfront and critical habitat. “Sanctuaries are different from preserves, and specifically are properties not conducive to intensive public use, but they are extremely important to protecting the quality of life that we love about Up North,” explains Jennifer Jay, director of communications and engagement for GTRLC. Sanctuaries are identified as being essential for protecting

water quality, plant and animal biodiversity, habitat continuity and critical wetlands. Jay describes them as foundational—the behind-the-scenes properties that help support the public preserves we’re more familiar with. The Finch Creek property, for example, with its 2,400 feet of creek frontage, supports bird, plant and animal life, clean water and view corridors for nearby Grass River Natural Area. It is an example of GTRLC’s commitment to preserving sanctuaries today and into the future. To protect Finch Creek forever, GTRLC needs an additional $150,000 in funding from public donations. “These smaller, less-visible properties might not be as ‘sexy,’” Jay admits, “but right now, development is happening where it shouldn’t, and it’s an emotional experience for some people to even know that such sanctuaries exist—to know that these wild places are sacred and will never change.” To donate, visit, click the “donate” button and then “support a project” to be a part of the preservation of Finch Creek Nature Sanctuary.


Healing Gardens by CARA MCDONALD

They are the epicenter of daily life in the residences at the Grand Traverse Pavilions—seven beautiful courtyards at the heart of each pavilion, a place where senior residents can gather, relax, grow and share vegetables and flowers, enjoy a picnic or watch the birds flit in and out of the feeders. But this year finds the rose bushes unpruned, the hydrangea drooping and overgrown and a mix of scrappy weeds springing up in the raised beds instead of the vibrant crop of Big Boys, Early Girls, zinnias and sunflowers that residents would so proudly harvest and share. With the pandemic, the priority on resident safety meant staff were focused on immediate care needs, and vendors and volunteers were unable to freely access the internal courtyards, leaving the gardens uncharacteristically untended. But as the pandemic continues, the courtyards are more important than ever. “The courtyards provide a chance to get some fresh air, to experience some tranquility and beauty and to socialize more safely outside with other residents and family,” explains Deborah Allen, chief


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development and community engagement officer of the Grand Traverse Pavilions. They’re also a key component of the organization’s philosophy—the Pavilions is one of the few Eden Alternative models of care centers, which focus on nature, quality of life and person-centered care. “The courtyards and their gardens not only provide sanctuary, but also give residents a chance to have their own garden plot and to enjoy a sense of accomplishment and agency,” Allen adds. The need is great for the love and resources to bring these sanctuaries back to their former beauty. Outdoor-lovers and green thumbs can contribute in meaningful ways to help with pruning and planting. Or to add to the beautification efforts, consider purchasing a park bench, a planting or individual paver bricks as a means of financial support—a gift of $5,000 will sponsor an entire courtyard in memory of a loved one. To volunteer, call Adam Dennis at 231.932.3018, or visit for beautification opportunities or to make a donation.


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The Artist’s Way by CARA MCDONALD

Anyone who calls Northern Michigan home for any length of time knows Interlochen Center for the Arts—the summer Arts Camp students from around the world, the internationally renowned Arts Academy, the open-air concerts in summertime. But what you may not know is that Interlochen is on a mission to change the world by launching young artists into it, whether they go on to pursue their art professionally or not. This fall, Interlochen marks the completion of an ambitious 30-year campus master plan that resulted in worldclass, state-of-the-art facilities for all seven of its artistic disciplines—creative writing, dance, film and new media, interdisciplinary arts, music, theater and visual arts. But now? “Our focus is on the people side,” says John Bogley, Interlochen’s vice president of philanthropy. A top priority in those areas is ensuring that any talented young artist who desires to pursue their art with passion and purpose can come to Interlochen, regardless of socioeconomic status. “We plan to take our financial aid offerings to a new level. We want students to be able to say ‘yes!’ to Interlochen when offered a chance to come,” Bogley says. The institution’s

goal is to meet the financial need of each student by 2028, through gifts specifically earmarked for scholarships. The leadership at Interlochen believes in equipping young people with an enduring skill—the creative capacity to make a positive impact on their world. Even if they do not become professional dancers, actors, writers or musicians, their outlook on the world will be shaped by what they have learned at Interlochen: the artistic mindset, self-awareness, resilience, interdisciplinary perspective and collaboration, global and cultural perspective and citizen artistry. “Students who study the arts learn to think on their feet, understand context and become creative, resilient people who go on to impact their communities in ways that far exceed whatever they may do on stage or in a studio,” Bogley says. “The key is that students who have passion and potential need an opportunity, so if we can build a partnership with a family to make it possible for a student to explore their artistic potential, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re thrilled that that’s what our donors want to support.” To help launch the next generation of Interlochen artists, visit


Trading Places by CARA MCDONALD

What is it like to grow up and never spend a night out under the stars? Or to spend your youth in a rural community, then suddenly experience the heat, hustle and excitement of a week in the city? It’s a question that young people in YouthWork were able to answer this year. This summer, in partnership with SER Metro-Detroit and AmeriCorps, Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan’s YouthWork program provided opportunities for youth from Detroit to experience life and service in rural Northern Michigan, and vice versa. The teams from Metro-Detroit groomed and built trails, removed invasive species, cleared and restored historical structures and views, washed historic Great Lakes boats, painted spaces, mulched baby trees and participated in many smaller projects. Shanya, a Detroit-area youth, remembers how she learned to work a weed whacker and how to build a boardwalk, saying, “It was nice seeing the work we did after it was done.” Likewise, young people from Northern Michigan had had a chance to experience city life and complete restoration

and preservation projects in Detroit. This was the first year program participants had an opportunity to work and live outside of Northern Michigan. YouthWork is a cornerstone program offered by Child and Family Services (CFS). “We service young adults, ages 17 to 25 (affectionately referred to as “opportunity youth”), who often come out of foster care or who are homeless,” explains Melissa Ryba, marketing and communications supervisor for CFS. The program is a critical one, she stresses. “These young people need job skills because they are usually developmentally behind due to the trauma they have experienced,” continues Ryba. “They might even be behind grades in school from being moved around. This helps them get hands-on skills in jobs and learn résumé skills, work habits and more, because they might not be prepared to be successful in a traditional job environment yet.” YouthWork relies on gifts from compassionate donors to help area young people transition into successful adulthood; donors interested in funding YouthWork or providing legacy gifts and other donations can find information at


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The policy at Charlevoix Area Humane Society (CAHS) has always been one of open doors—taking in any and all stray, abandoned or unwanted animals to rehome or reunite with their owners. This includes pups like Parker, a sweet, chill Lab and pit bull mix, who greets the staff with soulful eyes, a hopeful wag and his favorite stuffy clenched in his mouth. Because of his large size, Parker has been tough to rehome and has been at the shelter for more than a year. But a brilliant new fundraising initiative is ensuring that Parker will be safe, provided for and matched with his perfect person, no matter how long it takes. That’s thanks to an upscale resale store called HomeAgain, opened by CAHS and whose proceeds will go to providing for the more than 800 pets a year they rescue. The historic Boyne City storefront houses an ever-evolving collection of quality home goods, furnishings and high-end treasures, and includes a kids room as well as a book and record room where you can spin vinyl or browse a few pages before you buy. “Our objective is creating a consistent and reliable revenue generator to support our mission of saving lives and finding

loving homes for animals in need,” CAHS Director Scott MacKenzie says. And so far, so good: in its first summer of operation, HomeAgain sold more than $50,000 in inventory. The shop is the brainchild of MacKenzie, who used to own an antique and auction business in North Carolina. MacKenzie and CAHS volunteers ask for photos of potential inventory items and visit area homes to select the best fits for the shop. A recent trip had him at a lakefront cottage on Lake Charlevoix to choose pieces of furniture the homeowners were ready to part with as they prepared to downsize. So far, HomeAgain has also proven to be a smart solution to combat volunteer and fundraising burnout by creating some financial continuity for the little shelter. But to keep it going, CAHS needs both donors and shoppers, particularly in the quieter winter season; look for an online version of the store coming soon. Like-new or high-end donations are needed—decorative home accessories, vintage and designer clothing, art work, collectable items, home accessories and furniture. Volunteer opportunities and online donation information can be found at


The Smallest Thing by CARA MCDONALD

The onset of COVID highlighted Eagle Village’s strengths—a Northern Michigan organization in its 53rd year, committed to providing hope and healing for abused and neglected boys and girls. The essential frontline staff, from food service to executive leadership, continued to serve children in need with creativity and care, all while progressing the organization’s goals. However, COVID also meant that valued volunteers, who were always there with friendly faces and enhanced the students’ lives by sharing their time and talents, could not participate. Many thoughtful people still stepped up in 2020, giving monetary gifts to the Eagle Fund or dropping off items for Christmas, allowing Eagle Village to provide “12 Days of Christmas” for kids in their program. This was especially welcomed as Eagle Village serves struggling children and their families who are working hard toward a better future. The youth live on campus in five residential homes, attend school and receive support, structure and help working through past trauma. The staff used the time without volunteers to completely revamp their volunteer program, creating opportunities ranging from two-hour single visits serving a meal to kids and staff, to bigger projects for families, businesses, groups and 6

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churches, such as painting houses or decorating the kids’ residences for Christmas. The need for volunteers is ongoing and as varied as the people who choose to give their time. “It’s totally customizable,” says Chad Saxton, director of outreach and engagement. He remembers one group of women who volunteered to teach the children to make a meal—only to realize that when asking a girl to cut an onion, she didn’t know what it was. With a quick pivot, they taught the kids how to chop, prep and cook. “Volunteers provide a lot of ‘firsts’ for our kids. ” Volunteer mentors are able to call and visit regularly with a child and provide a caring presence. “Many of our youth would qualify as orphans,” Saxton explains. “When some kids get calls from family, others feel alone; having a mentor gives them a way to feel connected to a caring, responsible adult. “For a lot of these kids, this is the most love they’ve ever received,” Saxton adds. “The smallest thing you can do makes such a big difference.” To volunteer, fill out an online form at or call 231.305.6512 to talk about ways to get involved. Monetary gifts are also welcome; donations to the Eagle Fund go directly to providing help for children.


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Saving the North’s History by CARA MCDONALD

Recently, a Swedish former hockey player contacted the Traverse Area District Library (TADL) with a request: He had played a number of hockey games here in his youth, in the 1970s, and wondered, could someone help him find what the scores had been? It’s just a day in the life for the reference librarians at TADL, who tend the historical archives and field inquiries about the distant and not-so-distant past of the Traverse City region. Take the sweet husband who called wanting to make a gift of an old photo from the Traverse City Record Eagle of his wife as a young Cherry Fest princess. Or the folks who’ve long moved away and reach out looking to find out the fate of an old neighbor, childhood home or beloved school teacher. To keep the archives usable and robust, volunteers and library staff are working furiously to acquire, preserve, digitize and tag (identify people, places, buildings) countless documents and photos of area history and life—and time is not on their side. “We’re seeing a generational shift,” explains Michele Howard, executive director of TADL. “As this generation of elders is passing away, there’s an inclination for families to ‘Marie Kondo’ the house and get rid of things, and we’re losing

knowledge and artifacts of local history we can never replace.” To that end, the library is seeking donations to their vast collection—anything from old postcards, historical area photos or yearbooks make the cut—and TADL needs volunteers who can lend time to electronically review old photos and tag them for greater searchability. As part of their efforts, TADL recently digitized the records of the Immaculate Conception Church in Peshawbestown, which contains precious genealogical information regarding births, deaths, weddings and baptisms. The library’s goal is to both help make the collection more accessible and encourage area residents to use and support it. You can search online ( or visit the main library to explore genealogy resources. A smaller, roving collection of historical records will be accessible through a new bookmobile. History lovers can volunteer their time, knowledge or financial support ( to help in this preservation effort. “Taking care of local history has a monumental impact,” says Heather Harris-Brady, marketing and communications manager for TADL. “If we don’t save these things, they are lost from our collective knowledge forever.”


Where Everyone Belongs by CARA MCDONALD

Thunk. Ka-thunk. The axes land one by one, as the group of men throwing them laugh, shake their heads and chat with each other. There’s fellowship here, a little blowing off of steam, some “yeah, I know what you mean” exchanges as this group of dads gather at The Good Samaritan Family Center to learn axe throwing and enjoy some well-deserved guy time—and support. The Family Center is a welcoming place for the community to gather and houses two programs: Moms and Tots, which assists mothers with kids under the age of 5, and His House, a fatherhood program. Both seek to assist families with day-to-day needs, life-skills classes and services in tangible ways, but also provide a desperately needed feeling of support and connection so that parents know they are not alone. The Family Center is a part of Good Samaritan Family Services, a Christian nonprofit organization that serves the Antrim and Charlevoix County area by reaching out to those in need, explains Executive Director Stacy Nelson. And that might mean anything from a free class on budgeting and

finances, an extra package of diapers when funds are tight, a pair of much-needed work boots or help to pay the electric bill for an elderly neighbor. The organization is shepherded by a dedicated band of staff and volunteers. At any given time, you’ll see volunteers bustling around—welcoming parents, tidying toys, stocking the food pantry or organizing baby clothes. But it takes many helping hands and there is always a need for more, whether that’s assisting with the little ones while their moms take a class or creating displays at the thrift store. In addition to the pressing need for volunteers, Good Samaritan Family Services is seeking financial gifts to repair the exterior of the Family Center and pave the parking lot and driveway to improve accessibility for moms with strollers and those with disabilities. Also, on the wish list— putting in a playground so kids have somewhere to play while parents attend life-skills workshops. If you have a knack for organizing, cleaning, teaching life skills, bouncing little ones on your lap or have a financial gift to share, visit


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Pantry to Preschool by CARA MCDONALD

It’s 5 p.m. on a weekday afternoon, and a mom rounds up her preschooler from childcare. In addition to juggling the day’s still-sticky art project, a bag of dirty clothes and an empty lunchbox, she pauses by the door. There, a row of neatly packed bags and boxes await every family, with recipes tucked inside along with all the ingredients necessary to make them. With a sigh of relief, she picks up a box and wrangles everything into her car, knowing tonight’s dinner is taken care of, as well as several more meals and plenty of staples like milk, meat, bread, fruit and veggies to spare. This heartwarming and helpful program, a.k.a. Pantry to Preschool, is the latest outreach effort by The Father Fred Foundation, which has long been known for its food pantry and efforts to ease food insecurity in the five-county area. “We are one of the largest food pantries in Northern Michigan and we are fortunate to be able to offer items like milk, dairy, fresh meats and fresh produce,” explains Candice Hamel, executive director of The Father Fred Foundation. “And while we are open to serving absolutely anyone in need within the five-county region, we realized for many families there are barriers to accessing our pantry—work hours, juggling little children or simply having adequate transportation.”

So, when a preschool program approached them looking for ways to support their food-insecure families, The Foundation devised a way to help make their services more family-friendly and accessible for farther-flung neighbors, and Pantry to Preschool was born. Father Fred volunteers package and pack items to correspond with simple, healthy recipes created by the Michigan State University Extension to help promote good nutrition during developmentally critical years for young children. Bags and boxes also get additional items tucked in for good measure, such as extra fruit or protein. What started as a pilot program serving 30 Head Start families at one center has blossomed to include six childcare/ preschool centers and 117 families, with more in the works. The ability to reach food-insecure families through childcare locations is proving to remove some of the barriers to eating well that so many families face as they try to make ends meet. The program relies on volunteers to help pack boxes and drive deliveries to local schools and centers, as well as financial donations to help with the purchase of fresh, nutritious foods. To donate your packing prowess or make a financial gift, visit


A Healthy Harvest by CARA MCDONALD

The call came on a sunny September day from Buchan’s Blueberry Hill: The Old Mission fruit farm had excess berries on the bushes. Could Food Rescue pick them up and get them out to people in need? Goodwill Northern Michigan volunteers sprang into action and within hours had harvested more than 100 pounds of fresh blueberries. The berries were taken to the Food Rescue warehouse and prepped and packaged by volunteers into family-size portions before heading out to area food pantries and meal sites and into the hands of local families experiencing food insecurity. It’s all part of Goodwill’s Healthy Harvest program, just one aspect of their food rescue work and overarching mission of providing nutritious food for neighbors as well as offering shelter, housing and outreach to the surrounding community. Where does all that food go? “We serve more than 70 sites over the five-county region,” explains Taylor Moore, Food Rescue manager for Goodwill Northern Michigan. “The bulk of the work that we do in Food Rescue is that we go to food donors, such as grocery stores, bakeries and farms,


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pick up food, put it in the truck and make same-day delivery to food pantries in the area.” Healthy Harvest volunteers are no strangers to getting their hands in the dirt, helping glean crops like asparagus, potatoes and more straight from farmers’ fields, as well as repacking fresh produce so that it can be easily utilized by members of the Northwest Food Coalition—a group of pantries and meal sites that meet monthly to collaborate and join efforts. In the past year, Moore says Food Rescue has also been able to distribute food purchased by the Northwest Food Coalition as a way to support local farms hard hit by COVID, creating a ripple effect of goodness in the community. Goodwill is seeking volunteers to be healthy harvesters, and donations earmarked to the Food Rescue program, which supports the Healthy Harvest. To connect with volunteer opportunities or make a donation to support bringing food to neighbors, visit


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Preserving Your Traditions by CARA MCDONALD

The day after Cherry Festival 2021, a quiet had returned. The music and chatter of crowds were gone, replaced by the sound of brooms on pavement, the rattle of fencing being taken down and the thumping of signs and barricades as they got loaded into trucks to be carted back to the warehouse to wait for another year. But back at the Festival Foundation headquarters, the tiny staff of five was not only already at work on next year’s festival, they were also busy laying track for their very next event, Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge in November. “We don’t view what we do as event planning,” says Kat Paye, executive director of the Festival Foundation. “Rather, we’re maintaining truly special traditions.” Planning the memorable, epic events our community flocks to year after year is the focus and passion of the crew at the Festival Foundation, a 501c(3) nonprofit that is solely responsible for pulling off the National Cherry Festival, Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge, the CherryT Ball Drop and the Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K. “We know people view these races and events as fun parties, but we believe these events in our communities are touchstones and traditions,” Paye says.

For the past 96 years, they’ve been the guiding hands behind not only the parades, concerts, pie-eating contests and other Cherry Fest fun happenings that delight 500,000 attendees each year, but also have been quietly fundraising behind the scenes to provide scholarships for the young women who compete as princesses and for the title of National Cherry Queen. With their taking on of the Iceman Cometh Challenge, in addition to hosting 5,000 riders and 10,000 spectators, the Festival Foundation raises funds to provide Michigan Youth Cycling scholarships, which aim to make a difference in a young person’s life by supporting the pursuit of their cycling and educational dreams. Donation support is simple—the new Growers Program is a monthly donation to help support the needs of the Festival Foundation. Whether you choose to contribute to their scholarship programs, general fund or the bricks and mortar, your accumulated donations will go toward preserving traditions for years to come and earning a level in the Founders’ Circle. The minimum monthly donation is $5. To get started, visit


Compassionate Care by CARA MCDONALD

Military conflicts may seem a long way from the day-today for many in Northern Michigan, but for military families and veterans, the struggle to deal with the emotional aftermath of their service is very real. American Red Cross, whose long history started on the battlefield, is keenly aware there are some struggles a warm blanket and a hot meal cannot address—which is why they are committed to programs geared toward the mental health of service members, veterans and the people who care for them. “One of my favorite programs in Service to the Armed Forces is the American Red Cross Military and Veteran Caregiver Network,” says Jessica Wheeler, regional director of Service to the Armed Forces here in Northern Michigan. “It’s created by and for caregivers of military personnel and provides structured peer support to caregivers from all eras, all relationships and across all locations.” The goal of this online virtual network is to increase caregiver connectivity and reduce isolation. Caregivers can connect and engage with other caregivers, learn new skills, access resources and mentor others.

In addition, the Red Cross offers free resiliency workshops to help provide service members, veterans and families with tools to face challenges and stress, including instruction in coping and communication skills. All workshops are live, interactive and virtual, and are facilitated by Red Cross volunteer licensed/credentialed mental health professionals. The workshops are open to anyone with a military veteran affiliation—this includes partners, donors, service members, spouses, friends and staff members. The Red Cross’ Service to the Armed Forces program helps more than 471,000 members of the military each year and relies on 14,000 volunteers in the U.S. and around the world to provide everything from care and comfort items for hospitalized veterans to communicating with service members in distant locations and connecting them to home and loved ones. To help support this mission, donors can earmark donations supporting armed forces members at, or send general donations via donate. Volunteers are always needed; for local volunteer information, visit or call 313.833.4440.


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Delivering Comfort & Care by CARA MCDONALD

The halls of the Friendship Centers of Emmet County have been quiet these past months. There’s no cheerful clatter of silverware on plates at the communal lunches, no ukulele club, no cardio drumming class in the exercise room. The temporary changes are indeed a loss to the seniors in the community that the Friendship Centers serve, even as they strive to keep everyone safe from COVID. But there’s one thing that hasn’t changed, and that’s the reliability of a caring staff member delivering a daily hot, nutritious meal to seniors across the county with their Meals on Wheels service. Friendship Centers’ mission is to provide need-based, simple assistive care services to seniors in Emmet County, allowing older adults to remain living in their own homes. It’s particularly important work here in Northern Michigan, where aging in place can be a challenge; but the care provided with a daily visit and a hot meal goes miles toward helping seniors remain independent. As one client recently shared: “It’s

such a peace of mind that someone other than family is around to check on me almost daily.” Each visit allows for a chance to chat, to check in on a senior and ensure they have everything they need. “Sometimes that meal delivery is the only personal contact they’ll have all day,” says Friendship Centers Executive Director Denneen Smith. Because of the pandemic, the need for meals has increased, in particular because the centers currently cannot welcome 80-plus people for daily lunch on-site. More than 160 hot meals head out each day, as well as bags of frozen meals for holidays and weekends. Even though Friendship Centers offer daily meals for a suggested donation of $3, they’re happy to receive nothing more than a grateful smile and a “thank you.” However, the cost to the center has risen since the pandemic to more than $10 per meal—a difference made up for by generous donations from the surrounding community. To help with their mission, visit to make an online donation.


Part of It All by CARA MCDONALD

Grand Traverse Industries (GTI) may look like an ordinary manufacturing building. Inside, employees in hard hats and goggles hustle about the echoing facility where plastic garbage bags are made. But it’s hard to miss that the environment is vibrant and fun, with a distinctly happy vibe. That’s because while a quality finished product is certainly part of GTI’s mission, another core mission is to offer on-thejob training for those with developmental disabilities, to help them find meaningful employment and a whole lot more. GTI does this by providing high-level support and skills teaching, both on site at their manufacturing facilities in Traverse City and Mancelona, and at other locations throughout the community. For example, one crew with disabilities heads out daily with a GTI staff member who helps them with their job preparing and serving lunch at Interlochen Arts Academy. But aside from providing job skills, one of the lesser-known aspects of their work is creating an overall sense of community and engagement for those with disabilities. In addition to job skills, GTI also offers a day program for individuals with significant disabilities. “Some may work a bit, depending on their interest or ability,” explains Cindy Evans, Grand Traverse Industries’ 10

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executive director. “We provide a setting that keeps them actively engaged, and offer things like arts, crafts, music, occupational and physical therapy. We know that having a routine and active engagement for them makes for better health outcomes.” GTI also provides experiences that help disabled individuals engage with the community through things such as bowling, fishing trips, swimming or outings to the movies. “You have no idea what it’s like to see the smile on someone’s face who has just gone fishing for the first time,” Evans says. “It’s just the best thing ever, helping people do things the rest of us take for granted.” The revenue from the business venture funds GTI’s efforts. But also welcomed and intrinsic to their success, are the businesses putting paychecks in the hands of individuals with disabilities by partnering with GTI for their packaging and assembly needs.Community donations are so appreciated and help support things like activities, transportation and the purchase of equipment such as physical therapy tables. Donate at and follow them on Facebook for a glimpse into the many success stories, outings and adventures they help provide.


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An Outreached Hand by CARA MCDONALD

It’s no secret that the pandemic has hit women particularly hard—the struggle to work without childcare and the stress of having school-aged children at home has meant women losing work, leaving work, juggling remote work or trying to get to essential jobs in the workplace. Fortunately, Zonta Club of Traverse City has their backs. With a mission to empower women through service and advocacy, this fearless group of nonprofit leaders, professionals and passionate advocates has doubled down this past year. They’ve recruited even more members, funded and supported the work of local nonprofits, and are at the ready to help area women create lasting change in their lives and families. As advocates, members participate in Zonta Club’s international campaign to prevent violence against women and support gender equity, as well as fund nonprofits with annual grants. “What we’re doing is putting our muscle behind the local organizations who are in the trenches working for the wellbeing of women and children,” says Zonta Club of Traverse City member Dayna Ryan.

Efforts include offering hands-on service and support with local initiatives to address hunger and food insecurity, helping build affordable housing for families, supporting literacy for children, promoting breast cancer prevention and providing opportunities for young girls in the fields of science and technology. Zonta offers annual scholarships and awards that go directly to helping women of all ages reach their goals and educational dreams. In addition, Zonta offers opportunities and financial awards to exceptional women and girls in public affairs and leadership. “The goal is to encourage and recognize these women striving to the highest levels of personal accomplishment,” says Rhonda Estes, Zonta Club of Traverse City president. Zonta is seeking passionate advocates to join them as members in their work to help elevate the status of local women. You can also support Zonta’s efforts at their annual Festival of Trees on November 12–13. Find out more at


Better Get Growing by CARA MCDONALD

The wave of COVID change has not only intensified the need in our small towns and rural areas but is also demanding nimbleness and creativity requiring communities to come together, work smarter and unify their visions and strengths. Josh Stoltz, executive director of Grow Benzie, says his organization is ready to help make that happen. Grow Benzie is already dedicated to strengthening the community as a nonprofit focused on increasing access to healthful foods, jobs, life skills and each other, while also providing a multi-purpose community center that nurtures activities in Benzie County, offering space and networking for other nonprofits. But, now, Stoltz sees the nonprofit also functioning as a super-connector, a sort of community hive where long-term impactful planning and visioning come together to create major systemic change, not just for Benzie County, but also for the entire five-county area. “We see ourselves as helping the community be forwardfocused and self-reliant,” Stoltz says. “We can be that entity that helps build systems, facilitates planning and growth, identifies social and economic issues, streamlines and creates efficiency and prevents duplication of efforts among entities.”

In short, it means the needs of the community get addressed better, faster, from a grass-roots perspective and with less cost and less dependency on state and local government. It’s a bit abstract, as far as nonprofit work goes, Stoltz admits—but it couldn’t be more critical. “We’re facing challenges in our county that need a multi-faceted approach and understanding that also connects sectors,” he explains. “But who is going to lead that charge? Who will execute the coordination?” Stoltz, his board members and various community stakeholders spent the last year poring over 70 existing strategic plans from local organizations and municipalities to help create a 10-year plan for Grow Benzie and the surrounding community that paves the way for them to step in where there are critical gaps.The collaboration on that effort alone created the kind of cross-talk and resource sharing that Stoltz has been aiming for all along—farmers talking to enviro folks, educators talking to the local hospital or sheriff, people and organizations coming together from across the county to identify the social and economic challenges they can face together. Grow Benzie is excited to welcome donors to participate in this next phase of growth as they innovate how nonprofits work together. Support their efforts by donating at


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Bringing food to neighbors and helping people find home in Northern Michigan through our community-supported social enterprise



WELCOME HOME Our best days are days when we help people experiencing homelessness move into a new place to call home. And when we offer Welcome Home Baskets, it helps make new places feel like home and supports long-term housing stability.

Stories from our Food Rescue, Goodwill Inn, Street Outreach, Patriot Place, Good Meals, and supportive housing programs paint a picture of a strong community coming together to empower all members of our community, including the most vulnerable.

Goodwill Northern Michigan exists to meet the fundamental needs of our neighbors. The specific programs we run have changed over time, adapting to evolving community needs since we started in 1972. Today, our food and housing programs are working to create a community where everyone has access to a safe and secure place to live and the nutritious food they need.

We’re dedicated to collaborating with partners to address the complex social challenges that our community faces. We’re committed to deploying our resources responsibly and strategically to strengthen our community. We’re grateful to the donors, volunteers, employees, shoppers, and supporters who make it all possible!

An independent member organization of Goodwill Industries International, we operate thrift stores across Northern Michigan to fund our community programs and offer opportunities for empowering employment so that everyone can thrive.


COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP In 2021, we congratulated Board of Directors members Lindsay Raymond, Jody Trietch, and Lauren Harris on making the 40Under40 top regional leaders list, and welcomed Nick Nissley of NMC and Mike Brown of Burdco to our Board.


Kelly Miller Miller Investment Company

Lezlie Garvin Huntington Bank

Nick Nissley Northwestern Michigan College

Lauren Harris Advantage Benefits Group

Lindsay Raymond Danbrook Adams Raymond PLC

Paul Heidbreder Traverse City Record-Eagle

Kate Redman Commonplace

Andrew Kohlmann Image 360

Dawn Shields Shields Shoes

Terri LaCroix-Kelty Munson Medical Center

Jody Trietch Boomerang Catapult

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STREET MEDICINE We’re grateful for Street Care, when our Street Outreach team goes out with medical professionals to care for folks experiencing unsheltered homelessness, bringing help to people where they are.

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We’re grateful for donations of used items to our thrift stores. Our team processes these donations, and proceeds from their sales go to fund our community programs. We also keep items out of landfill, diverting over 5 million pounds of items a year.

Food Rescue does the logistics of distributing 2 million pounds of food annually to the pantries of the Northwest Food Coalition, at no cost to them. We’re investing in a strong Coalition to support their direct work with people in need.

Ask any Veteran and they’ll tell you— service lasts a lifetime. We’re celebrating 10 years of working with the Veteran residents of our Patriot Place transitional housing community as they move from homelessness into their own housing.







Every week, Goodwill Northern Michigan’s Food Rescue team criss-crosses a 5-county area twice the size of Rhode Island, transporting rescued and purchased food from stores, bakeries, and farms to area food pantries and community meal sites.

Our Good Meals team is grateful to work with volunteers like Anya, who take fresh vegetables from their gardens and Food Rescue, and make fabulous things to serve to the guests at the Goodwill Inn emergency homeless shelter.

The Giving Tree stands tall and pointy in the lobby of the Goodwill Inn, adorned with things our shelter guests might need at different times of year. We’re grateful for our community’s generosity; it’s evergreen, year-round.







Spread out across the north from Cadillac to Alpena, our 200+ employees have moved mountains to keep our stores open and our community programs running despite the challenging times.

We’re working to expand housing options for people experiencing homelessness, so that everyone can grow their own garden. This summer, our Patriot Place residents grew more tomatoes than they could eat.

Each growing season, our Food Rescue team is joined by Healthy Harvest volunteers who gather excess fruits and veggies from local farms to supply neighbors in need with healthy produce.


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The Proposed Finch Creek Nature Sanctuary: Protecting critical ecosystems 3860 N. Long Lake Road, Suite D Traverse City, MI 49684 231.929.7911 MISSION STATEMENT Protecting significant natural, scenic and farm lands - and advancing stewardship - now and for future generations. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Glen Chown

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS John Collins, Chair Kevin Russell, Vice Chair Greg Seman, Treasurer Paul Brink, Secretary Perry Adams John Bercini Betsy Calcutt Linda Cline Don Coe JoAnne Cook Cortney Danbrook Jim Huckle Koffi Kpachavi Chip May Barbara Nelson-Jameson Susan Palmer Evan Smith Maureen Smyth Terrie Taylor

Land protection provides lasting benefits to water quality, critical habitats, migration corridors, healthy forests and scenic vistas. In many places, it also can provide opportunities to hike sustainable trails, mountain bike, and, in a growing number of places, accommodate universal access for people of all ages and abilities. Connecting with the wonders of nature is – perhaps now more than ever – a treasured and restorative experience. And while recreational opportunities at Conservancy-protected properties are always planned with the utmost consideration for conservation, there are several properties the Conservancy’s staff biologists have determined are simply too sensitive for most forms of human disturbance. The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy classifies these properties as “sanctuaries.” While technically open to the public, public use is not facilitated. That often means no trails, no parking lots and limited signage that serves only to identify property boundaries. Properties are designated as sanctuaries if exceptionally rare plants or animals, or those that are particularly vulnerable to human disturbance, reside there. They can also earn a sanctuary designation if the facilitation of human use (via the building of trails or other infrastructure) would cause significant disruption to the natural landscape. This is especially true of properties that are predominately low and wet, have steep grades or are otherwise difficult to access. A stellar example is the proposed Finch Creek Nature Sanctuary in Antrim County. This spectacular 56-acre parcel safeguards critical wildlife habitat, builds on previously protected land and is extremely important for protecting water quality in the beloved Chain of Lakes watershed. This property features 1,400 feet of frontage on Finch Creek and 1,100 feet of frontage on Crow Creek, along with significant amounts of wetlands and incredible groundwater springs that serve as headwaters of Crow Creek. It also contains high quality mesic northern forest and rich conifer swamp, habitats that are of critical importance to a wide variety of flora and fauna species. Both of these habitat types are listed as vulnerable by the state of Michigan.


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Protection of these two forest types and unique headwater features benefit interior forest birds found on the property, including Scarlet Tanager, Ovenbird and Redeyed Vireo, as well as dozens of other species that use this wildlife corridor as a passageway to adjacent or nearby natural lands within this ecological hotspot of Antrim County. More than 15 types of ferns, mature cedars and numerous other plants and animals also are present. Acquisition of the Finch Creek Nature Sanctuary would build on protection achieved by the Crow Creek Conservation Easement, on its eastern border. That 130-acre property features 2,500 feet of untouched frontage on Crow Creek. Protection of this sanctuary will also help safeguard water quality within the beloved Grass River Natural Area, a 1,492acre natural area that sits just over a mile downstream from this parcel. Finch Creek flows from this property down to the GRNA, so protection of its upper reaches helps protect GRNA and the larger Chain of Lakes watershed. Only about $150,000 more is needed for this important project. For more information, or to support this project, visit

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Not all heroes wear capes.

Every nine minutes, volunteers help the American Red Cross bring help and hope to people in need. Join us and make a difference in your community.

Be a hero. Volunteer today. (313) 833-4440 AmericanRedCrossMichiganRegion 82111J

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Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES OF NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN Traverse City Harbor Springs Gaylord 231-946-8975 SERVICE AREA 20+ Counties in Northern Michigan

For over 85 years, Child and Family Services (CFS) has responded to the community’s changing needs through a wide range of programs. We are dedicated to helping people of all ages overcome life’s challenges.

CHILD WELFARE The Foster Care and Adoption programs connect foster and adoptive parents with children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Emergency, respite, short-term, and long-term placements are needed and available. Ongoing support and training is provided for foster and adoptive parents.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CFS’ licensed therapists provide individual and family counseling in person or virturally, on a variety of issues to people of all ages. CFS works with many insurance plans, including Medicaid. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale. In addition, the Behavioral Health Program includes: •

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Diane Emling, President Krista Goldman, Vice President Ruth Gilmer, Treasurer Rick Summers, Secretary Chris Mohrhardt Robert Needham Kaylee Simerson Melissa Umulis Rachel Wasserman Joanie Hazelton Amber McKenney Nicola Philpott Debra Hershey

Children’s Trauma Assessment Center, which provides comprehensive assessments and treatment to children and youth who have experienced significant trauma. Safe Haven, a supervised visitation and safe exchange program for families affected by high conflict and/or domestic violence, which is the only program of its kind in northern Michigan. Wraparound, an intensive program supporting the mental health needs of a child and their family members, that is offered with a referral from Community Mental Health.

THIRD LEVEL Third Level Services merged with CFS in 2014, allowing for more sustainable and comprehensive services, including: •

Youth Services Program, for youth ages 12-20 who are experiencing conflict at home and are at risk of running away or homelessness. Pete’s Place Youth Shelter, is a safe place to stay in Traverse City for youth ages 12-17. Pete’s place provides a place to go for youth who are couch-surfing, homeless, running away, or when it’s too hard to be home. Suicide Prevention and Community Education, ongoing free trainings by professional staff are available and customized trainings for your group.

YOUTHWORK YouthWork partners young adults ages 17-26 with service organizations and public agencies to complete environmental and conservation projects for communities. Youth receive stipends, educational awards, and on the job training while communities get critical work completed. It’s a win-win!

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Terry Paquet, President Ken Petterson, Vice President Warren “Bud” Cline III, Treasurer EmmLee Cameron Bob Cornwell Jeremy Hawke Galen Krupka Rob Tubbs

To learn more about how you can help: Call: 231-946-8975 Sponsored By Visit: Connect on Facebook/Instagram: @cfsnwmi

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Inspire creative changemakers Interlochen is where young artists transform their passion and potential into purpose. Their outlook and lives are shaped by an immersion in the arts. Inspire and support the creative changemakers of tomorrow with your gift to the Annual Fund. Office of Philanthropy | | 231.276.7623

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moment they remember for the rest of their lives…a memory that they build from to create a lasting tradition. We pledge to help you create those memories and preserve your tradition, starting and ending with cherries. In short, our story is making special chapters in yours.

521 S. Union St. Traverse City, MI 49684 231-947-4230 FESTIVAL FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jeff Needham, President Stacey Isles, President-Elect Kelli Mengebier, Secretary Mike Meindertsma, Treasurer Meredith Hawes, Immediate Past President BOARD MEMBERS Jessica Alpers Max Anderson Harry Burkerholder Kim White Ian Hollands Nikki Schweitzer

The Festival Foundation is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that with the time and talent of five full time staff members, a board of directors and over 2,000 amazing volunteers organize four high impact events in the Grand Traverse Region. Of the four events, National Cherry Festival, Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge, CherryT Ball Drop, and Fifth Third Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K, multiple bring tourism and economic interest to the region but the root of the organization is so much more. At the Festival Foundation, we celebrate and promote cherries to those who don’t get to experience them from their backyard. We do it by giving people experiences that they will not forget. So when they think back to their first taste of cherries, they remember Michigan cherries first. Because everyone has that one

How you can help Join the Grower’s Program! The Festival Foundation Growers Program is a monthly donation program to help support the needs of the Festival Foundation. Whether you choose to contribute to our scholarship programs, general fund or the bricks and mortar, your accumulated donations will go towards preserving traditions for years to come and a level in the Founders’ Circle. Thank you for your support!

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Our Services Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Council on Aging, offers opportunities, information, and services necessary for older adults to live healthy, safe, and active lives in dignity. Our vision is to work hand in hand to help all seniors thrive.

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Transportation Congregate Meals Meals on Wheels In-Home Supportive Services Health Services Retired Senior Volunteer Program Support Groups Fitness Programs Medical Equipment Loan Program Enrichment Activities

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Courtyards Inspire Healing 1000 Pavilions Circle Traverse City, MI 49684 231-932-3000 MISSION STATEMENT To provide accessible, trusted and compassionate care that enhances quality of life for aging adults. VISION STATEMENT To be the region’s trusted partner and recognized leader for successful aging services. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dennis Prout, President Betsy Aderholdt, Vice President Cynthia L. Klingler, Treasurer Rose Coleman, Interim-Secretary Penny Hanks Maggie Hardy John Harvey Agnes Hayden Deb Jackson Dr. Mark Jackson Haider Kazim Brad Mackler Barbra Mikowski Dr. Ramona Pleva Jenn Simmer Anne Spieles Jan Warren Mike Watkins

From the original architectural design in 1997 Grand Traverse Pavilions built in courtyards as a natural refuge for residents and staff. They are the epicenter of daily life in the residences at the Grand Traverse Pavilions—seven beautiful courtyards at the heart of each pavilion, a place where the senior residents can gather, relax, grow and share vegetables and flowers, enjoy a picnic or watch the birds flit in and out of the feeders. But this year finds the rose bushes unpruned, the hydrangea drooping and overgrown, a mix of scrappy weeds springing up in the raised beds instead of the vibrant crop of Big Boys, Early Girls, zinnias and sunflowers that residents would so proudly harvest and share. With the pandemic, the priority on resident safety meant staff were focused on immediate care needs, and vendors and volunteers were unable to freely access the internal courtyards, leaving the gardens uncharacteristically untended. But as the pandemic continues the courtyards are more important than ever. “The courtyards provide a chance to get some fresh air, to experience some tranquility and beauty, and to socialize more safely outside with other residents and family,” explains Deborah Allen, chief development and community engagement officer of the Grand Traverse Pavilions. They’re also a key component of the organization’s philosophy—the Pavilions is one of the few Eden Alternative models of care centers, which focus on nature, quality of life, and person-centered care. “The courtyards and their gardens not only provide sanctuary, but also give residents a chance to have their own garden plot, and to enjoy a sense of accomplishment and agency,” Allen adds. The need is great for the love and resources to bring these sanctuaries back to their former beauty. Outdoor-lovers and green thumbs can contribute in meaningful ways to help with pruning and planting. Or to add to the beautification efforts, consider purchasing a park bench, a planting, or individual paver bricks as a means of financial support; a gift of $5,000 will sponsor an entire courtyard in memory of a loved one.

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Early literacy 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Storytimes Arts & Crafts Kits STEM Kits Games Hands-on Learning Children’s Movies & Videos Kid’s Food Program Partner Gardens Summer Reading Club Teen Programs Year-Round Reading Challenges Surprise Book Boxes Student Success Portal Musical Instruments DVDs CDs Photo/Slide Scanners Record Players Cooking Programs Audiobooks Live Music Local History Programs Language Learning Computer Center 3D Printing Wireless Printing Research Databases Job Search Resources Test Prep Training Leadership Lunch Club Books Health Care Kits Book Club Kits Audiobooks Ebooks Graphic Novels Community Meeting Room Study Rooms Free Wi Lending Laptops Wi Hotspots Streaming Movies & Music Coming soon - a community bookmobile!

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Dear First-time Donor,

5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115) Benzonia, Michigan 49616 231-882-9510 MISSION STATEMENT Grow Benzie seeks to enrich our region by fostering positive activity that increases access to healthful foods, jobs, life skills, and each other while providing space that nurtures this activity. COUNTIES SERVED Benzie, Grand Traverse Leelanau, Manistee, Wexford EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Joshua Stoltz BOARD OF DIRECTORS Betsy Evans, President Mike Zielinski, Vice President Sally Blackburn, Sec-Treasurer Joe Buechel Sally Blackburn Jessica Carland Erin Melcher

Perhaps you’ve been following Grow Benzie’s story since we were first established in 2008. You’ve seen how the community is directly connected to our work. You’ve seen our advertorial year after year in this Giving Guide. You’ve seen pictures or visited our “modern day” community center and campus with a commercial kitchen, incubator farm, coworking office spaces, bee apiary, event center, sewing studio, makerspace, edible trails, and community garden… Yet, still you wonder: What does Grow Benzie do, and is this the year I contribute to their organization? Let’s look at the foundation of Grow Benzie’s mission: ’providing space that nurtures this activity’. We have an amazing campus! Countless nonprofits benefit from our flexible rental fees so they can offer enriching, dynamic programs to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. We also contribute to the growth of our local economy by providing affordable, vital space for food and agricultural entrepreneurs. Your contribution helps us develop these accessible facilities for changemakers in our region. Our crucial work contributes to our community’s access and connections to one another. If our buildings are the hardware, let’s reflect on the successes of our software. Rather than duplicating existing programs, we found a niche being an anchor organization. We provide the facility space, marketing, administration, and volunteer recruitment support for dozens of clubs, networks, and non-profit organizations each day. This work allows us to foster connections, encourage growth, and align resources more efficiently across our county. We have grassroots support from residents and local business owners and work in alignment with partner coalitions at the regional and state level. Your contribution helps us provide these services. As you consider donating to a new non-profit this year, let our 10-year strategic plan (learn more on page 11) inspire you to choose Grow Benzie. Join our momentum. Actively participate in our social innovations. Learn about our unique systems approach that is truly changing the way our community organizes. I appreciate your time and encourage you to watch our videos and donate online at With optimism and gratitude,

Josh Stoltz, Executive Director (m) 231-640-0200,

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Making a Difference Enriching lives, creating community and paychecks

Traverse City 2170 Traversefield Dr. Traverse City, MI 49686 231-922-4886 Mancelona 408 Danforth St. Mancelona, MI 49659 231-587-9176 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ron Lemcool, Chair Laurie Schnell, Vice Chair Teri Brown-Kunzelman, Treasurer Jess Ashmore, Secretary Jennifer Ewing Robert Parker Raymond Kuhn Dave Tupper Brandon Darin EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Cindy Evans

Grand Traverse Industries provides employment and program services to individuals with developmental disabilities in the Grand Traverse and Antrim country area. They strive each day to provide a safe, supportive, and loving environment that enriches the lives of those they serve. The facility looks like any other manufacturing work floor but you quickly find this is a place like no other. The friendships and comradery are apparent from the first moment you walk in the door. High fives and smiles galore while some spontaneous dancing takes place and music plays in the background. You can see the joy of accomplishment on each face when a

job is completed. A group returns full of smiles and sharing with their friends that they spent the afternoon volunteering and packing lunches for kids in need. Shortly after, another group returns with fishing poles in hand and telling some great stories about the one that got away. Each day at GTI is filled with a vast array of opportunities and activities for the individuals they serve. Whether it is working to make a paycheck, learning a new job skill, volunteering in the community, or going out with friends bowling, Grand Traverse Industries programs are all about making a difference. Follow them on Facebook to see more of those smiles and visit their web-site to donate to their activity fund. and

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Supporting our four-legged friends

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All inventory at our store is donated and at HomeAgain you can find a wide variety of quality items at a reasonable price for a great cause.

Visit our Store / 118 Water Street, Boyne City MI 49712 The HomeAgain Upscale Resale Store exists to support and fund the mission of the Charlevoix Area Humane Society

Donate directly at Dedicated to the protection and care of all animals, the Charlevoix Area Humane Society is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 no-kill animal shelter that has been serving pets and their humans in Charlevoix County since 1974. We rely almost exclusively on donations and fundraisers to help the lost, neglected, abused, and abandoned animals of Charlevoix County.

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9746 Main St. PO Box 206 Ellsworth, MI 49729 231-558-2208 MISSION STATEMENT Serving the Lord by reaching out to those in need. BOARD OF DIRECTORS Stan Moore, Chairman Max Bolser, Vice Chairman Matthew Wyman, Treasurer Irene Hizelberger, Secretary Mary Peterson David Christian


The phone rings off the hook at the Good Samaritan. We are happy to take the call. We are here to provide the community what they need, where they need it, and when they need it. Continually offering a hand up just as our Heavenly Father has called us to do. It is a blessing to have the ability to help families stay warm, stay in their homes, or solve an emergency situation. THE FAMILY CENTER Where our works begins. The Good Samaritan Family Center is a place for the entire family to find the support, encouragement, and the tools necessary to make positive, lifelong family decisions. At the Family Life Center all are welcome as they have access to numerous programs that help strengthen the family.

SAMMY’S SHOES A few years ago, we saw that good shoes were needed for area students. Moms came in to find shoes for their young ones and bought shoes that were “close enough” in size. We’ve seen the shoes on kids that were duct taped together, and heard the desperation. So we began Sammy’s Shoes, a shoe store in our resale shop stocked with new shoes ranging in size from preschool size 8 to adult size 13. The shoes are for students that are on some kind of assistance.

THE FOOD PANTRY When times are tough, the Good Samaritan Food Pantry provides area families with a place to come and collect food for their hungry family. The pantry is stocked with a large assortment of healthy choices. We work with local farmers to help us provide meats, dairy products, fruits, and vegetables. We feed over 2000 people a month.






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Point Betsie Lighthouse

The Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and operating the Point Betsie Lighthouse Station in support of Benzie County. Over the past 15 years the organization has raised funds for matching grants for the restoration of the historic buildings that are now completed. The focus now is on the other needed capital improvements, primarily the Shoreline Protection System. The current Shoreline Protection System has kept Point Betsie Lighthouse in place for over 75 years. The structure is now showing signs of failure and must be replaced; a need exasperated by the rising water levels. This is a multi-million dollar project and the Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse are working with local and state government, The State Historic Preservation Office, The Army Corps of Engineers, and marine engineers to create a lasting replacement. The Friends are currently in an Engineering Study phase and hope to be able to break ground as soon as possible to protect the lighthouse. The Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse have some funds in place but will need additional resources to begin construction and complete the project. Strong donor support has been a key factor from the beginning, enabling the Friends group to secure matching grants to restore and maintain this iconic site and its historic building for future generations to enjoy.

We Bring History Alive!

The new Mason County Research Center will provide many opportunities to “Bring History Alive” for our community and visitors alike! Please consider a donation to the Mason County Historical Society today! Mason County Historical Society • Operates Historic White Pine Village (3rd largest historic village in the state) • Operates the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum (one of the premier maritime museums on the Great Lakes) • Hosts the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame • Maintains an extensive Research Library • Maintains all 10 of Ludington Mural Society murals • Maintains Maritime Heritage Trail (13 trail markers along the shore of Ludington’s port) • Provides education programming to thousands of students throughout West Michigan • 231-843-4808


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Second Chances-Rebuilding Families

BDAI supports individuals and their families in making a successful return to the community to live healthy, productive lives.

Family Support Restorative Justice Advocacy Programming and Mental Health Advocacy Release Referrals Donate at With greater funding we could help more families of the incarcerated pay their bills and stay in their homes while the main breadwinner is in jail or prison. Rebuilding families leads to a healthier community.


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We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our daughter attended a playgroup, and she had a picture taken by a very special camera. The Lions Club’s free eye screening was a blessing to our family. Victoria had a juvenile cataract in her left eye. The doctors believe she was born with a defect in the back of her eye, and it was never identified during her well-child check-ups. If it was not for the Lions Club, Victoria could have lost her eye. Amy F. - Gobles, Michigan It is so nice to be able to see again and to actually write a handwritten letter. Thank you so very much, and may god bless you for all that you’ve done helping me get eye surgery. I was living in misery not being able to see. You can’t imagine what that is like until you lose your vision. I can’t begin to explain just how good it feels to be able to work again and to actually be able to look out the window and see even the tiniest sprinkle of snow. Scott M. - Big Rapids, Michigan I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your help in getting my hearing aids. I cannot put into words what it sounds like to hear the little things. For instance, I have to tell my daughters to not talk so loud. I also heard my cat “meow” for the first time, and for the first time, in a long time, I heard my car blinker—wow! I knew I was having issues with my hearing, but I did not understand the gravity of it. Once I received my hearing aids, my world was reopened My life will never be the same, and I will never look back. Thank you! Holli G. - New Lothrop, Michigan Mikey's Fund is named after a very special person, Michaela Hagemann – whom my parents nicknamed “Mikey”. Mikey, born with Down’s Syndrome, was in her early forties, far surpassing her anticipated life expectancy. Although she had developed cataracts, doctors were reluctant to perform surgery due to anticipated limited benefits. However, when my parents took Mikey to Lansing Ophthalmology, Dr. Moore told them that having Mikey enjoy a high quality of life far outweighed any reason not to undergo surgery. Dr. Moore performed cataract surgery on Mikey, and the results helped her enjoy her time through her last days. When Mikey passed away in January of 2003, my parents, James and Pauline, called Lansing Ophthalmology and expressed their gratitude for the difference that the medical treatment had made in Mikey’s life. They desired to “give something back” by making a financial gift to provide eye care for those who could not otherwise afford it. With the help of Lansing Ophthalmology and the Lions of Michigan Foundation, we created Mikey’s Fund, and today, the fund provides eye care for children in the Lansing, East Lansing and Albion School Districts. Jackie M. – Albion, Michigan

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Wealth Management Specialist Keith Carlyon Senior Vice President, Investments

Robert Fenton Financial Advisor

13818 S West ShoreDrDr••Traverse Traverse City, City, MI 49684 13818 S West BayBayShore 49684••(231) (231)946-3650 946-3650 Perhaps the most meaningful thing you can do with success is share it. And when you do that with care and conviction, giving can be an art form - one Raymond James has been practicing since 1962. Today, we carry on the charitable legacy of our founder Bob James in words and actions as we seek to go forward by giving back. LIVE WELL PLANNED.


In a word, we believe in the transformative power of the arts. Perhaps the most meaningful thing you can do with success is share it. And when you do that with care and conviction, giving can be an art form – one Raymond James has been practicing since 1962. Today, we carry on the charitable legacy of our founder Bob James in words and actions as we seek to go forward by giving back. L I F E W E L L PL A NNED.

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Jeff K. Pasche, CFA® Senior Vice President, Investments Traverse City Complex Manager

Susan Carlyon Senior Vice President, Investments Wealth Management Specialist®

James Spencer, ChFC®, AAMS® Associate Vice President, Investments

Jim Stoops, AWMA®, CRPC® First Vice President, Investments

Jennifer Youker, CFP®, CRPC® Financial Advisor Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC Chartered Retirement Plan SpecialistSM, AWMA®, Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM; CRPC®, Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM and AAMS® are trademarks or registered service marks of the College for Financial Planning in the United States and/or other countries. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

100% VOLUNTEER 100% EXPENSES COVERED BY THRIFT STORE SALES 100% OF YOUR FINANCIAL DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY TO SERVE THOSE IN NEED On average, GTA SVdP serves over 1300 neighbors each year by providing warmth, preventing homelessness and promoting employment. THANK YOU GRAND TRAVERSE AREA for your gifts of TIME, TREASURE and TALENT making it all possible!

1207 Woodmere Ave. TC, MI 49686 Financial Assistance: By Appointment 231.947.8466

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GIVING DIRECTORY American Red Cross Northern Michigan Chapter

HomeAgain “Upscale Resale”

Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Eagle Village

Lions of Michigan Foundation

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Art Center

Music House Museum

735 South Garfield Ave., Ste. B100, Traverse City, MI 49686 231.947.7286 • Find out more on page 16

Traverse City, Harbor Springs, and Gaylord 231.946.8975 • Find out more on page 17

5044 175th Ave., Hersey, MI 49639 231.305.6500 • Find out more on page 24

132 Coast Guard Rd., Frankfort, MI 49635 231.352.4151 •

Friendship Centers of Emmet County

118 Water St., Boyne City MI 49714 231.497.5008 • Find out more on page 26

4000 J Maddy PKWY, Interlochen, MI 49643 231.276.7623 • Find out more on page 18

5730 Executive Dr., Lansing, MI 48911 517.887.6640 • Find out more on page 30

7377 US-31, Williamsburg, MI 49690 231.938.9300 • Find out more on page 31

1322 Anderson Rd., Petoskey, MI 49770 231.347.3211 • Find out more on page 20


Good Samaritan Family Services

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Goodwill Northern Michigan

The Father Fred Foundation

Grand Traverse Industries

The Festival Foundation

Grand Traverse Musicale

The Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse

Grand Traverse Pavilions

The Manna Food Project

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

The Zonta Club of Traverse City

Grow Benzie

Traverse Area District Library

9746 Main St. / PO Box 206 / Ellsworth, MI 49729 231.588.2208 • Find out more on page 27

2279 W. South Airport Rd., Traverse City, MI 49684 231.922.4805 • Find out more on page 12

2170 Traversefield Dr., Traverse City MI 49686 • 231-922-4886 408 Danforth St., Mancelona, MI 49659 • 231-587-9176 • Find out more on page 25

PO Box 31, Williamsburg, MI 49690 231.947.0947 • Find out more on page 30

1000 Pavillions Cir, Traverse City, MI 49684 231.932.3000 • Find out more on page 21

3860 N Long Lake Rd #D, Traverse City, MI 49684 231.929.7911 • Find out more on page 14

5885 Frankfort Hwy., Benzonia, MI 49616 231.882.9510 • Find out more on page 23


PO Box 781, Traverse City, MI, 49685 231.883.2404 •

1207 Woodmere Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686 231.947.8466 • Find out more on page 31

826 Hastings St., Traverse City, MI 49686 231.947.2055 • Find out more on Back Cover

521 S. Union St., Traverse City, MI 49684 231.947.4230 • Find out more on page 19

PO Box 601, Frankfort, MI 49635 231.352.7644 • Find out more on page 29

8791 McBride Park Ct., Harbor Springs, MI 49740 231.347.8852 • Find out more on page 2

PO Box 1412, Traverse City, MI 49685 • Find out more on page 28

610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI 49686 231.932.8500 • Find out more on page 22

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